A New London police detective may have stopped a robbery when they noticed and confronted a suspicious man with a gun Thursday afternoon.
According to police, a detective was driving in the area of Bank Street and Ocean Avenue around noon Thursday when he noticed 28-year-old Ryan C. O’Donnell approach the Sam’s Food Store at 1 Ocean Avenue in New London.
Police said O’Donnell was dressed all in black with a scarf over his face and was looking around him suspiciously. O’Donnell approached the store, walked past its entrance and peered through a window.
At this point, the detective believed O’Donnell was about to rob the place. He drove up, got out of the car and identified himself as a police officer. Police said O’Donnell tried to walk away and fumbled with something at his waist. He admitted to carrying a gun, which turned out to be a pellet gun, police said.
He was arrested and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon.